In 2007, the Government underlined the importance of providing high quality,
safe and accessible maternity care.
The figure below shows, there will be a rising number of live births in Barnet
over the next five years, placing increasing demand on maternity and
Table showing projected live births in Barnet between 2007 - 2013
Further information about Maternity services can be found in the appendix.
More women over the age of 30 years are having babies in Barnet and
those over 35 years are assessed as being an obstetric risk for delivery
and are more likely to experience, for example pre-clampsia, diabetes and
Currently most births in Barnet take place in hospital.
Breast feeding coveys a number of benefits in early and adult life and
evidence indicates it reduces the later onset of coronary heart disease and
diabetes. Barnet has an initial high uptake of breast feeding (90%) but this
falls to 32.1% at six to eight weeks.
London’s BME population is set to increase. 18% of Barnet’s births are
from ethnic minority populations. Evidence indicates a higher ratio of
adverse health outcomes if appropriate services are not available to meet